Man escapes via car window as floods gush into road tunnel (corrected)

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  • Monday, 12 Nov 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): An alert driver quickly climbed out of his car's window to safety when he saw water suddenly gushing into a road tunnel near Jalan Tun Razak here during heavy rain on Sunday evening (Nov 11), flooding his car within minutes. 

The man identified as Teh, 26, said he was really scared and decided to stay put by sitting on his Honda Civic roof before rescuers came. 

“I did not expect the trapped pool of water to be so dangerous as there was a lorry in front of me...suddenly water started seeping into my car so I quickly wound down my window and crawled out to safety.

“I was later saved by rescuers who arrived at the location,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

The incident caused severe damage to Teh's one-year-old car after it was completely submerged in the tunnel.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department in a statement said the department received a distress call at 5.56pm and seven personnel from the Jalan Tun Razak station rushed to the location.

“Upon arriving at the scene, we found five vehicles trapped in the tunnel and firemen brought all victims to a safe location,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the rescue operations took about 10 minutes and the five men were unhurt. - Bernama


Note: an earlier version of the story mentioned the Smart tunnel, that has been corrected.

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